Entries tagged with: Q-Tip
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Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.
The 2nd Annual Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco this past August benefited from a combination of improved planning and the luck of some of the nicest weather the city had seen all summer. The result was a far more pleasant and exciting experience for festivalgoers at this food, wine and music extravaganza.The 2009 Outside Lands Festival ran August 28th to August 30th in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Acts that the played the fest's first day included Tom Jones, Akron Family, Q-Tip, The Dodos, Built to Spill, the National, Los Campesinos! and healdiners Pearl Jam. Pictures for Autolux, who also played, are HERE. More pictures from Day One are below...
The venue for the festival is extraordinary, taking up about a third of the massive Golden Gate Park. Once inside, it's hard to believe you're in the middle of a large city. Giant trees and grassy meadows block out any view of outside buildings, and the festival is arranged around the topography so that each group of stages has its own unique look and feel. There were many secluded areas and empty meadows nearby for those in need of respite from the music. Thanks to the efforts of innovative organizers, Outside Lands truly becomes a world unto itself. [Beachside Resident]
Q-Tip spinning at Nokia Theatre in August (more by Jaecyne Howell)
Brooklyn Bowl's New Year's Eve festivities will includeQ-Tip the Abstract (his DJ name), retro-synth wiz Dam-Funk, reggae/soul/funk band Pimps of Joytime and DJ Concerned. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, December 16th at noon (with the price going up on December 19th).
The Brooklyn Bowl's lineup was previously "secret" - another NYC club with a secret (though not one we would count on making the price worth it - relatively speaking) is (Le) Poisson Rouge, who promises "a celebrity DJ...spinning pulsating sets of hip hop, rock, dance and 80's on a state of the art sound system all night long," as well as a "live Performance - Artist TBA." Tickets range from $75 general admission to the $175 Platinum VIP tix where you can "Enjoy reserved nightclub seating while GA ticket holders stand."
Add those to the list of this year's NYE events that also include Passion Pit DJing at Pianos and MSTRKRFT at Webster Hall.
More info on the LPR event is below...
Dan Auerbach, Jim Jones, Mos Def, Patrick Carney, and Damon Dash
Just in time for the holidays and to remind the hip hop listmakers that The Ecstatic was/is the truth, the two-time Grammy nominated Mos Def has scheduled a show on 12/20 at Highline Ballroom. Tickets, though not cheap, are on sale.
Mos Def was also recently announced as a contributor to the new Gorillaz record, along with a host of notables
The third Gorillaz album will feature one newly announced GPS voice, two iconic frontmen of the '60s and '70s, and more, lending to a contributing line-up as eclectic as the one heard on 2005's Demon Days.Mos Def is also part of another notable crew, Blakroc, a project featuring The Black Keys as a backing band for a crew of killer MCs!
The GPS voice, Snoop Dogg, plus Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground and Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, will be heard alongside Mos Def, Bobby Womack, The Horrors and the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra in Plastic Beach, out 2010.
The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have wanted to make a hip-hop album since they were teenagers....The self-titled, Damon Dash-presented BlakRoc LP is out now and also features Q-Tip, ODB, RZA, Raekwon, and Jim Jones among others.
"All the blues music I liked was super simple and stripped down. All the hip-hop I liked was super simple and stripped down," says Auerbach. "We always heard that connection."
The Black Keys' first demo reflected their hip-hop tastes. It featured drum loops and samples, which their first record label later told them to scrap. Years later, following recent praise for their minimalist, bluesy jams, The Black Keys have finally recorded a hip-hop album. Their collaborative ensemble is called BlakRoc.
"What makes this special is the guys' sensibility of hip-hop," [Pharoahe Monch] says. "The drum loop-like timing and patterns make a groove that is easy to rhyme to and to write over."-[NPR]
Raekwon is on tour now and also has a NYC show coming up.
The Capo Jim Jones and Mos Def, along with the Black Keys, (BlakRoc) played Letterman last night (12/8) - the same night that Jawbox was burnin' Fallon to the ground. It was also rumored that the group might play a secret show at new venue Under 100 (in the basement of Damon Dash's building) later that night, but though Mos Def was there hanging out (again), he and the group didn't actually play (pictures from that event coming later).
Dig on the live Blakroc video from Letterman, the official video for the same song, as well as more videos from Mos, below...
photos by Eric Townsend
Q-Tip and Common
"The Hennessy Artistry concert series ended with it's grand finale in Hip-Hop's birthplace last night in a true celebration of Hip Hop Music. As The Roots band backed Common, New York City erupted with energy unmatched even at a certain "fest" that took place last weekend. With only Common and The Roots on the bill, special guests Bilal,Don Omar, Consequence, Karen Wheeler of Soul II Soul, Q-Tip, and Queen Latifah made it night to remember. Seriously, watching Queen Latifah perform "Unity" live gave me chills." [MissInfo.TV]Pictures and videos from the night (10/7), below...
photos by Jaecyne Howell
DJ Spinna and Q-Tip @ Nokia Theatre
"On Saturday, August 29th, what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday, fans of the King of Pop gathered at New York City's NOKIA Theatre Times Square for Q-Tip Presents: "Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson." The sold-out crowd danced the night away to never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson's hits, as well as rare video footage from the Motown and Sony vaults. Joining Q-Tip onstage to DJ were special guests DJ Spinna and Mark Ronson. At one point, Quincy Jones called in to say a few words to the audience. Other celebrities in attendance included Solange Knowles, Marsha Ambrosius, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Premier and Anthony Anderson."A similar party happened earlier the same day in Prospect Park where DJ Spinna also provided music and Grandmaster Flash was also in attendance. Solange has a busy weekend - on Sunday she was checking out Grizzly Bear at the Williamsburg Waterfront. More pictures from Nokia Theatre below...
Happy Birthday Michael, Michael it's your birthday
The office of the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that it had ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide. It said the cause was a mixture of the powerful anesthetic propofol and the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam, both of which, previously disclosed court documents say, Mr. Jackson's doctor has acknowledged administering to him the day he died.Michael Jackson would have been 51 today (August 29). And people are celebrating - as we speak actually, in Prospect Park. More on that and other events below...
"The manner of death has been ruled: homicide," the coroner's office said in a brief statement.
It said the full coroner's report and a complete toxicology report were being withheld at the request of the police and the district attorney's office, whose investigation continues.. [NYT]
"It was announced during Vampire Weekend's rain-soaked but well-attended 6 p.m. set on the main "Blue Comet" stage that due to the weather, single-day Friday tickets would be accepted for festival entry on Saturday and Sunday. This elicited quite a few cheers, presumably from those who had not already purchased weekend tickets. While the early afternoon had been hot and sunny, allowing for clear views of nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the storm clouds rolled in rapidly just as Fleet Foxes took the stage at 3:30 p.m. The wind, rain and thunder actually worked as fitting accompaniments to the band's dramatic harmonies, a fact not lost on the Foxes themselves. "We kind of look like a guild of wizards here to deliver an ominous warning," said drummer J. Tillman, one of several bearded members of the band. ""I'm going to leave the stage on a horse." [Billboard]Before we head out to APW Day Two (schedule here), here are some pictures from Friday (7/31)....
Mama-se, mama-sa, ma-ma-coo-sa (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
"On Saturday, August 29, 2009 - what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday - Grammy award-winning, hip-hop icon Q-Tip presents "Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson" at the NOKIA Theatre Times Square. Q-Tip will be joined in the DJ booth by special invited guests Grammy award-winning producer/artist Mark Ronson and the legendary DJ Spinna."Q-Tip did something similar, but on a much smaller scale, the week Michael Jackson died at his weekly "Open" party at Santos Party House (Fridays). Spinna is also a Santos resident (Thursdays). Nokia Theatre tickets are $25.00 and will go on sale Friday, July 31, 2009 at noon.
photos by Toby Tenenbaum
"Central Park SummerStage is a tradition in New York, one in which music lovers flock to in order to catch a free show from an array of artists. This past weekend Q-Tip took to the stage, after performances by openers Benji B, Little Dragon and Max and D.A. of pop band Chester French and rocked the park at the Giant Step sponsored event.Saturday's show in Central Park happened at the same time as the Siren Festival in Coney Island. More pictures and a bunch of videos from it, below...
The 'Renaissance Man' ran through his set with the energy and exuberance he's known for but it was his impromptu dance partner who stole the show.
While fans surely won't forget the SummerStage performances of Tribe classics, including 'Bonita Applebum,' 'Award Tour' and 'Sucka N---a,' it was Diddy's participation on Tip's solo hit 'Vivrant Thing' that made the crowd go wild. Sean "Diddy" Combs took it back to the '90s with the Puff Daddy two-step/shuffle as he danced alongside Tip. Anything and everything can happen in New York!" [The Boombox]
Q-Tip @ Highline Ballroom in December (more by Leia Jospe)
Ballantine Books will publish Industry Rules by Q-Tip, world-renowned artist, producer, DJ, and lead MC of hip-hop's legendary A Tribe Called Quest...Q-Tip was inspired to write Industry Rules as he acknowledged upcoming milestones in his personal life and professional career--most notably, 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of A Tribe Called Quest's first album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (Jive Records, 1990). The main idea for the book grew from a verse Q-Tip penned a year later, in the group's critically acclaimed 1991 release The Low End Theory. In the song "Check the Rhime," he raps, "Industry rule number 4080: record company people are shady." The book will expand on the 4080th rule and include more of Q-Tip's thoughts on the entertainment business, fashion, love, and morality.Q-Tip will playing the Central Park Summerstage on Saturday, July 18th (3pm-7pm) for a free show with Chester French, Little Dragon & Benji B. His album Kamaal/The Abstract, originally recorded in 2001, is finally due out September 15th on (BMG-owned) Battery Recrods.
Q-Tip album art, tracklist, book info, and Little Dragon tour dates, below...
Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Savannah Music Fest '09 (Savannah Grandfather)
Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the 2009 season schedule of its flagship free performing arts festival, Central Park SummerStage. Internationally acclaimed for presenting world-renowned and emerging talent from around the globe and New York City's own backyard, the Central Park SummerStage season promises to be as electrifying as ever with a calendar chock-full of culturally diverse programs in multiple disciplines including music, dance, word, film, and comedy.Central Park Summerstage will host 31 free programs this summer. Musical highlights include M Ward, Josh Ritter, Juana Molina, Q-Tip, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Bettye Lavette, Béla Fleck and Toumani Diabaté. The whole schedule is below...
The 2009 Central Park SummerStage season is marked by innovative collaborations and will open on Friday, June 12 at 8:00 PM with a performance by the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Josh Ritter and his band for the evening, The New York Pops.
City Parks Foundation also welcomes The Metropolitan Opera for the first time ever to Central Park SummerStage as The Met launches its free Summer Recital Series of outdoor concerts in neighborhood parks on Monday, July 13 at 8:00 PM with a special performance of opera arias and popular songs headlined by the Tony Award-winning baritone Paulo Szot and featuring Lisette Oropesa (soprano), Alek Shrader (tenor), and Vlad Iftinca (piano).
Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival is taking place this year August 28th-30th at Golden Gate Park. Tickets for the fest go on Visa presale Wednesday, April 15th at 1pm ET, and general sale Sunday, April 19th at 1pm ET.
Also on the schedule for the fest is the Dead Weather, Jack White's new band. Dead Weather plays its first show tonight (April 14th) at the Bowery Ballroom.
M.I.A., Ween, TVOTR, Mastodon, Os Mutantes, Extra Golden, Tom Jones, and many others are also playing. Full Outside Lands line-up and poster below....
by Black Bubblegum
The Cool Kids @ Highline Ballroom (More by Leia Jospe)
On some level, yes, perhaps this was inevitable. But after many locals realizing it for some time now, it seems that the Chicago-based hip-hop duo The Cool Kids--or more likely, the people who represent them--have finally been hipped to the fact that, here in [Dallas Forth Worth], there exists a lo-fi punk outfit by the name of the Teenage Cool Kids. And, as such, the Cool Kids' handlers have sent Teenage Cool Kids a cease and desist order, asking that the band change its name. [Dallas Observer]Looks like somebody lost their cool (ZING!)....
In related news, The Cool Kids AND KOOL Keith (will they go after him too?) are part of the recently announced All Points West lineup. Both Cool & Kool play on Saturday Aug 1st... that's the NON-Beastie Boys / Q-Tip / Pharcyde / Organized Konfusion (!!!!!)/ Flying Lotus day (which is Friday, July 31).
Kool Keith will also appear at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 3rd, but this time as Dr Octagon vs Dr Doom. All dates below.
And probably the most exciting news (to me anyway) out of the APW lineup is the reformation of the mighty Organized Konfusion! The crew released their last LP in 1997, The Equinox which was proceeded by the classic self-titled and Stress: The Extinction Agenda LPs. Since then, Pharoahe Monch has been busy with his own ventures including writing rhymes for certain millionaires and showing up to support his friends The Roots at Highline Ballroom. Prince Po hasn't exactly sat idle either... his last album, The Saga Of The Simian Samurai dropped in 2007. Some videos below.
In other APW-playing, hip hop artist news, Q-Tip who always keeps busy performing (most recently on tour with the Cool Kids) and spinning, will be gettin' down at the 92nd St Y in Tribeca, James Lipton style:
Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg hosts a night of music and conversation featuring famed hip-hop musician and producer Q-Tip, a member of the legendary band A Tribe Called Quest. Rosenberg will sit down with Q-Tip for a candid discussion about the life and influences of this innovative artist, whose career has spanned over 20 years. Jazz hip-hop fusion band Igmar Thomas and The Cypher will perform throughout the night, paying tribute to Q-Tip's music.Tickets are on sale.
Beastie Boys recently reissued (deluxe style) Check Your Head, and have been announcing lots of festival appearances for this summer.
And finally, Flying Lotus (the "experimental music producer, disc jockey, and laptop musician from Winnetka, California") will be in NYC before before All Points West, including two dates in the next month - April 16th and 17th. On April 16th, Flying Lotus will join Kode9, Martyn, Mike Slott, Pursuit Grooves, Ras_G, and Zomby as part of Brainfeeder NYC (Part 1) at Love, a showcase for Flying Lotus's all-digital label Brainfeeder. The next day look for Flying Lotus and Kode9 to play the American Museum of Natural History as part of The Fader Presents One Step Beyond (advance tickets are available).
All tour dates, flyers and videos below...
Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."
More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...
Prince will release not one, but three albums in the new year. He's in final negotiations with "a major retailer" to distribute the music in physical form, and a highly interactive website will also provide an opportunity to buy. He's not working with a record label. "The gatekeepers have to change," he said several times throughout the evening.Check out LOTUSFLOW3R.COM (an entire new galaxy awaits).
He's found his way back to the sound of "When Doves Cry." The first disc, tentatively titled "MPLSOUND," is an electro-flavored solo effort recorded at Paisley Park Studios. Prince experimented with Pro Tools and "new ways of recording" on these trippy, experimental pop songs. One features a Q-Tip rap; another calls a "Funky Congregation" to worship and may become a live set piece.
He's ready to revive the Quiet Storm. "We got sick of waiting for Sade to make a new album," he said, introducing Valente's new album, "Elixir." The tracks are chill, with Valente's buttery voice melding with beats by Morris Hayes and Prince's guitar lines. Some are explicitly sexual. "This music is nasty, but it's not dirty," Prince said, explaining how sensual music fits in with his much-discussed faith -- he's a Jehovah's Witness. "There's no profanity. It isn't promoting promiscuity. She's singing about her lover, who could be her partner for life."
photos by Leia Jospe
"We're not together anymore. Rock the Bells was our last tour and we won't make any more records. We're still friends, I'm going to be working on Phife's solo album. Everyone's chilling and the tour was great -- Nas, De La Soul, Redman, Ghostface, Raekwon -- it was great to see old friends. You know, to be out there doing our thing." - Q-TipQ-Tip and The Cool Kids are on tour. Tuesday night (12/2) that tour hit NYC's Highline Ballroom (instead of Nokia Theatre where they originally played it). More pictures and video from the show below...
Q-Tip @ the Woodies (more by Tim Griffin)
Other hip hop shows coming up at the Highline include Ludacris's album release party this Tuesday, Slick Rick on November 28th, Jean Grae on November 30th, Wale & Kid Cudi (and DJ Mark Ronson) on December 9th, AND last but not least: Hip Hop Harry on December 27th.
Some other upcoming hip hip shows are listed HERE.
Kanye West's new album is out today.
Video of Q-Tip performing with Lykke Li at the Woodies below...
photos by Tim Griffin
The MTVU Woodies Awards took place exactly a week ago at Roseland Ballroom in NYC, but they "air" for the first time tonight, Wednesday November 19th @ MTVu's website. Among the short performances you'll be able to see was a team up of Q-Tip and Lykke Li (and Bjorn of Peter Bjorn and John on bass).
All Lykke Li tour dates, and more pictures from the Woodies below...
As previously noted, Q-Tip and the Cool Kids are going on a "2K Sports Bounce Tour" together. That includes a performance at NYC's Nokia Theatre on December 2nd with openers The Knux and Pacific Division. Tickets are on sale.
Pac Div and (special guest) Q-Tip also recently shared a (Busta Rhymes) bill at the Knitting Factory in NYC. The Cool Kids/Q-Tip tour kicks off in San Francisco tonight (11/13). All dates below...
Photos by Zach Stern
Busta Rhymes played a free show at Knitting Factory last week. Q-Tip played a free show at the same venue a few weeks earlier. Busta showed up at Tip's show and Tip returned the favor at this one. Pacific Division opened the night. More pictures below...
by Black Bubblegum
getting a kiss from Busta (more by Eric M. Townsend)
Busta Rhymes is playing a very-recently announced surprise show TONIGHT (10/29) at the Knitting Factory with Pacific Division. Tickets are FREE, like they were for Q-Tip at the same venue, if you RSVP by texting BUSTA or PACDIV to 66937. "Space is VERY limited, so arrive early... no guaranteed admission".
And, Q-Tip is busy tonight too. You can catch him crooning the crowd at Madison Square Garden, but it's not a concert...
The New York Knicks will be joined by pop-culture icon, Q-Tip, for the season opener at Madison Square Garden, where the Grammy award-winning artist will unveil his remix of the classic Knicks anthem, "Go NY Go."On Wednesday, October 29th, Q-Tip will perform the new hip-hop version of the song pregame, accompanied by the Knicks City Dancers. Knicks fans will have the first opportunity to hear "Go NY Go," which will also become available on nyknicks.com following the game.Also tonight for hip hop fans: that Murs show at Bowery Ballroom.
Busta Rhymes previewed his new single "Arab Money" at Q-Tip's surprise show at the Knitting Factory. Check out the video for that below....
by Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: The Carps - Heaven's Gate Hell's Flames Remix w/ the Cool Kids (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: The Carps - "Veronica Belmont" (a link ro RCRDLBL)
DOWNLOAD: The Carps - "All The Damn Kids" (a link to RCRDLBL)
The Cool Kids are riding their "Black Mags" all the way into the Blender.... Theater, I mean, when they hit the NYC stage on Oct 21st. Tickets are on sale. Also playing the CMJ show: Free Sol, (the artist formerly known as Mad) Skillz, and The Carps.
The Cool Kids are also on board to support the Abstract Incognito aka Q-Tip when he hits the Nokia Theater on Dec 2nd! The show show is part of a TBA 2K Sports Bounce Tour. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale 10/18 an noon.
This isn't the first time that The Cool Kids & The Carps have crossed paths... the two crews have toured Europe together in addition to their collaboration on the "Heaven's Gate Hell's Flames Remix" from earlier in the year (download that above).
When The Carps aren't touring with The Cool Kids, they can be found promoting their Waves and Shambles EP which dropped earlier this year, and they'll be keeping, like totally-super-busy during CMJ this year - 5 shows busy to be exact. And one of them... is...well... (we'll get our act together soon and announce the whole thing, I promise)...The Carps are the first (ok, second) officially announced artist for our BrooklynVegan Day Party on Oct 25th at the same venue Q-Tip recently played a free show. Stay tuned for more details. There are lots of them. Check out more free tracks at the RCRDLBL links above. Check out more dates below...
photos by Eric M. Townsend
Q-Tip played a FREE album release show last night (September 29th) at the almost-extinct Tribeca Knitting Factory in NYC. Earlier this month Q-Tip (and Kanye West) made an appearance at a Consequence show at the very same club. Last night Consequence returned the favor. Busta Rhymes also joined Q-Tip on stage. More pictures and video below...
by Black Bubblegum
Q-Tip @ KF (GOOD Music showcase) (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Q-TipThe Renaissance is out November 4th. The J Dilla-produced track "Gettin' Up" can be heard at MySpace. The new video for the same song is below.
LIVE - W/ A FULL BAND
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW FOR 'LIVE .. AT THE RENAISSANCE'
MON, SEPT 29TH. DOORS 8PM.
THIS SHOW IS TOTALLY FREE -
BUT YOU GOT TO DO THIS ....
TEXT QTIP to 66937
to be placed on the RSVP/List
Q-Tip is also your host with the most alongside DJ Rich Medina at OPEN! every Friday at Santos Party House in NYC. Rich Medina has been touring as of late, but like-minded badasses like Spinna, Mike Nyce, and even Mark Ronson have been helping him hold it down on the ones and twos.
Q-Tip recently did a little pop-in at the GOOD Music Showcase at Knitting Factory along with MC Camera-smasher (aka Kanye West). Video from that below too...